story: Why Were They Throwing Bricks?
author: Jenny Zhang
where: the gold sofa
note: I bought this book on a whim after stumbling upon the author reading at Shakespeare and Company in Paris this July.
a line: “I was old enough to understand how one of trauma’s many possible effects was to make the traumatized person insufferable, how my grandmother’s unwillingness to be a victim was both pathetic and impressive and made her deserving of at least some compassion, but fuck, why did she have to be so greedy for it?”